Internships are not a degree requirement, however, the planning program strongly encourages students to pursue planning-related internships. Internships provide students with real-world experience that employers look for and a competitive edge in the job market. Up to three hours of academic credit is available for internships, and internship credits can count as an elective toward fulfilling degree requirements. Typically, students sign up for PLAN 3038 (a PLAN elective) for three hours of credit (minimum of 150 hours of work) and complete the internship during a summer session following their junior year of study. However, internships can be completed at other times as well. Students may also intern with an agency without academic credit.
The planning program routinely notifies students about available internship opportunities throughout the academic year. It is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship. Some internships offer to pay and some do not. Students are encouraged to take the initiative to pursue an internship with a public or private agency that is closely aligned with their professional goals and interests.
In the last few years, internship placements have included Pitt County, Stewart, Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN), Village of Simpson, the City of Beaufort, Town of Duck, Brown Investment Properties, the City of Saluda, and Mid-East Commission. Students seeking internships are not limited to area employers and may pursue work in other regions and states. Internship positions within North Carolina can be found through the links below. You may also contact the Internship Coordinator for more information.
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Search for Internship Positions
- Check your student email regularly. Ms. Blackwell and Dr. Hur often send out an internship announcement via email.
- NC Planning Listserv – Students can receive/send emails by subscribing to the Listserv and/or search for job postings using the ‘View Archives’ option.
- APA Career Center
- UNC Planning Department Job Listings